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Presenting Bengali Literature in English | Albert Campbell Public Library | Saturday, 18. November 2017

Statistics say that about one hundred thousand Bengali people live in Greater Toronto Areas and the adjacent cities. A huge part of them were and still are literary activists too. But sorrowfully it is observed that most of the people of the second generation of the Bengali community are unable to read Bengali. The parents are anxious that their children are getting disconnected with the Bengali values and spirits, remaining unaware of their parental history and heritage.
So, Bengali Literary Resource Centre (BLRC) Inc, a non-profit based in Toronto, is initiating a year-long initiative which will involve about one hundred Torontonian Youths to read Bengali literature translated in English.
BLRC believes that this project will help create venues for some youths living in Toronto and adjacent cities to know more about Bengali values and spirits, history and heritage. BLRC hopes this project will make the participants more interested about Bengali literature and culture.
Patron: Dr. Debashish Mridha, MD, Philosopher and social worker
Project Director: Akbar Hussain
(For all queries please contact at 416-385-7423)
Project Coordinator: Tasmina Khan
Members: Adity Zahir, Suchana Das Bandhan, Suity Roy, Adity Fowzia, Md. Ajwad Kabir, Hassib Karim, Marilyn Pandey Prokriti

i. The project will be inaugurated on 18 November at 4 pm and will continue from December 2017 to August 2018 :
(On first Saturdays of every month interested ones will collect two books and return those next month at the same venue from 10 am to 1 pm.

ii. August 2018 :
1. Submission of overviews by the participants
2. Selecting best 10 overviews to publish
3. Selecting best three overviews to reward

iii. September 2018
1. Conclusion of the project through another colourful event

On those Saturdays, at 11 am, there will a `Talk with a Canadian Writer' which will be open to all.
  • A Dhaka newspaper feature on Ian French's reading at BLRC. Link: https://dailyasianage.com/news/104066/blrc-hosts-ian-french-in-toronto
  • Report on Ian French Reading. Thanks to the whole team.
  • The video of Ian French Reading at BLRC.
  • Ian French, the famous Spoken World Artist, posed with the organisers and audience on 6 January at BLRC Reading.
  • Ian French read at BLRC last Saturday. In the picture (sitting from left) Zahra Ahmed, Shammah Salwa and Tasmina Khan. We are grateful to all the four.
  • BLRC invites all the literary enthusiasts.
  • বেঙ্গলি লিটারারি রিসোর্স সেন্টার (বিএলআরসি)-র উদ্যোগে বছরব্যাপী বইপড়া প্রকল্পে আগামী ৬ জানুয়ারি শনিবার অতিথি লেখক হিসেবে উপস্থিত থাকবেন কানাডার স্পোকেন ওয়ার্ল্ডের খ্যাতিমান কবি ইয়ান ফ্রেঞ্চ। সাহিত্যামোদী সকল বন্ধুকে উপস্থিত থাকতে অনুরোধ জানানো হচ্ছে।
  • On 2 December, John Degen, poet, novelist, columnist and the Executive Director of the Writers' Union of Canada joined the 'Meeting a Canadian Writer' organised by BLRC. On January 6, at 11 am, noted spoken world poet Ian French will be present at Albert Campbell Library Auditorium. Interested ones are most welcome.
  • Thanks to CBN24 for publishing the report.
  • BLRC will distribute Bengali books in English translation again on January 6, from 10 am to 1 pm. At 11, Ian French, the noted Canadian Spoken Word Artist and poet will grace.
  • Thanks to John Degen to be with BLRC. Your presence and talk on 2 December at Albert Campbell Library Auditorium mesmerized the writing community.
  • BLRC meets John Degen today.
  • John Degen, the Executive Director of the Writers' Union of Canada and Chair of the International Authors Forum (IAF) in the UK, will be the guest speaker at BLRC Book Reading Project on 2 December, at 11 am at Albert Campbell Library Auditorium. John is the author of two books of poetry: 'Killing Things' and 'Animal Life in Bucharest'. He has a novel 'The Uninvited Guest' to his credit also. Anyone interested is most welcome.
  • Thanks Surajit Roy Majumder for writing on the inauguration of BLRC Book Reading Project. Here's the link: http://cbn24.ca/presenting-bengali-literature-in-toronto/
  • NRB TV will air the inauguration of BLRC Book Reading Project on 27 Nov, Monday at 10 pm. Thanks to the CEO of NRB, Shahidul Islam Mintu.
  • We have by now collected 290 titles. But the number is increasing. If anyone wants to donate any English-language book on Bengali literature, or English translation of any Bengali book, or English-language book written by a Bengali, BLRC will appreciate.
  • Books will again be available at the same library auditorium from 10 am to 1 pm.
  • Here's the full video of the Inauguration of BLRC Book Reading Project.
  • বইপড়া প্রকল্পের উদ্বোধন নিয়ে মানজু মান আরার প্রতিবেদন। অনেক ধন্যবাদ বেঙ্গলি টাইমসকে।
  • Some more pics of the inauguration of book reading project.
  • Books will be again available from 10 am to 1 pm on 2 December, Saturday at Albert Campbell Library Auditorium.
  • Book Reading project has been inaugurated. Here are some pics.
  • How long will the event go on till? I won't make it by 4pm.
  • The book program will help us introduce the next generation to our history, heritage, and values. Books from Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, national poet of Bangladesh, Kazi Nazrul Islam, and other memorable poets and writers from Bangladesh and West Bengal are being collected. We are also collecting the English renderings of Mir Mosharraf Hossain, Jibanananda Das, Sukumar Roy, Sukanta Bhattacharya, Syed Waliullah, Shamsur Rahman, Syed Shamsul Huq, Samaresh Majumdar, Shirshendu Mukhopaddhay, Sunil Gangapadhyay and other famous Bengali poets, authors, and novelists.
  • Our thoughts on 'Presenting Bengali Literature in English' project. For details please click: http://cbn24.ca/a-fabulous-reading-project-on-bengali-literature-in-toronto/